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By the end of 2020, I organized with Envisioning a panel called Decolonizing Futures. On this occasion, we had the opportunity to talk about subgenres of science fiction and fantasy that go beyond the Hollywoodian cliché and the recurring dystopias. For this round table, we invited Prof. Dr. Alexander Meireles (Fantasticursos), Prof. Dr. Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay (University of Oslo/CoFutures), Monika Bielskyte (Protopia Futures), Sarena Ulibarri (World Weaver Press), and Lauren Klein (Aesthetic Autonomy Virtual Salon and Aesthetic Futures for Social Wellness). …

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By the end of June, Mark Zuckerberg declared that Facebook’s next step is to become a metaverse-oriented social media platform. In other words, Mark is stepping closer to virtual reality and immersive technologies in general.

By scaling from text to images, videos and immersive media, Facebook has been following the same steps of other Silicon Valley companies, but this is no news if we consider that Zuckerberg bought Oculus in 2015 as a means to add this knowledge to his enterprise. …

Trabalhos feitos por alunos da pós graduação do Istituto Europeo di Design

No semestre passado, ministrei a disciplina Futurismo e Tecnologias Emergentes no curso de pós-graduação em Design Estratégico do Istituto Europeo di Design. Nessa terceira turma, tive a oportunidade de mais uma vez aplicar um exercício de criação de cenários futuros a partir da metodologia do design fiction. Usamos como base o jogo de cartas The Thing From The Future, uma metodologia gratuita e disponibilizada pela biblioteca do Teach the Future.

Como sempre, os trabalhos ficaram incríveis. Por isso, achei que seria muito relevante levar esse material para fora da sala de aula, de modo a inspirar outros projetos e também…

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Last week, before the opening of the Olympics, one of the most popular topics on social media was about Jeff Bezos going to space right after Richard Branson did. The triad of entrepreneurs Bezos-Branson-Musk has been defining this new space race known among specialists as New Space — i.e., the incorporation of private sector investment in the space industry. …

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Released right at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, in March 2020, Devs series didn’t get so popular to the point of reaching audiences beyond science fiction aficionados, which may have watched or heard about more famous titles like The Handmaid’s Tale or Black Mirror. Available on Hulu, the series was directed by Alex Garland, who was also director of the movies Ex Machina and Annihilation.

Devs was his first attempt to create something for TV, but many of his authorial signatures are…

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For the past months I have been dedicated to reading more about the science fiction subgenre Solarpunk. Here in Brazil, back in 2013, we already had the publication of one of the first anthologies of the genre, “Solarpunk — Histórias ecológicas e fantásticas em um mundo sustentável” (Solarpunk — Ecological and fantastic stories of a sustainable world, anthology also available in English by World Weaver Press). This summarizes much about what the subgenre proposes: histories of a future more ecological, sustainable and optimist.

The suffix “punk” added to subgenres…

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For the past four years, I have been writing my PhD thesis that I finally defended two weeks ago. It is always hard to explain what the theme is, but, briefly, it’s a historical panorama of how western societies, mainly European and Judeo-Christian, have been processing the fact and the idea of death in the creation of images (and rituals) that seek to extend human life through materialized images that carry the memory of the deceased. …

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In a moment when Brazil reaches the sad statistics of 300,000 deaths for Covid-19, grief is extended beyond actual loss to include psychological, economic, and social side-effects related to the pandemic. Either due to social distancing, a job lost or the failure of businesses, as well as the inability to celebrate important dates, unfortunately no one is going to get out intact out of this.

But as memes say, it is pretty much different when you are studying history rather than living it.

According to Elizabeth Kubler-Ross stages of…

To celebrate World Futures Day on March 1st, we at Envisioning hosted a series of talks, workshops, and round tables around the themes of innovation and futures thinking.

One of the round tables that we hosted was “Decolonizing Futures”, a space to talk about science fiction subgenres that are decolonizing mainstream futures. After all, the future is much more than the Jetsons could make of it, so we invited the panelists Alexander Meireles da Silva, Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay, Lauren Klein, Monika Bielskyte, and Sarena Ulibarri to join us for a chat documented in the video featured below.

During this 1h30…

Until 2016, the Greenwood Cemetery in Waco, Texas, kept a fence separating where white and black people were buried. Photo by Rod Aydelotte

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How pervasive is racism, sexism, and colonialism? According to The Collective for Radical Death Studies, even death can be affected by these issues. In this collective composed by death care professionals, death practitioners, students and scholars of Death Studies, death is approached from a political perspective, so that these professionals can remove the remnants of racism, oppression, and colonialism from both Death Studies as a field of science but also in funerary practices.

At a first sight, some may think this is an exaggerated focus for a discussion, but…

Lidia Zuin

Brazilian journalist, MA in Semiotics and PhD candidate in Visual Arts. Head of innovation and futurism at UP Lab. Cyberpunk enthusiast and researcher.

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